February 10, 2020

I’M SORRY, BUT WITH THAT HEADLINE YOU’LL NEED TO BE MORE SPECIFIC: The MSNBC anchor who knew too little.

MSNBC’s Katy Tur, who anchors a weekday politics show, does not seem to know much about politics.

This is what happens when you promote someone based on popularity rather than merit.

On Friday, Tur, who became media-famous in 2016 after then-GOP candidate Donald Trump was mean to her, asked a guest whether gerrymandering could be used to break up Republican control of the U.S. Senate.

“Is gerrymandering something that would help improve the situation? How does that sort of divide promote consensus in the Senate, or even in the House?” she asked.

Senate races are not determined by gerrymandered districts as there is no such thing as a Senate district. The races are statewide. That a political journalist would not know this is absurd. That the anchor of a politics news show would not know this is something far beyond absurd. I am not sure if there is even a word for it.

The word is “#journalism.”

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